Ascent 142 has spent£200,000 on a new HD grading suite for its Wardour Street site.

The Digital Vision Nucoda grading system will help the post house cope with growing demand for HD re-mastering. Installation is currently underway and the kit should be operational by the first week of February.

Ascent 142 director of operations Johnny Whitehead said: “We have worked very closely with Digital Vision/Nucoda on the development of the restoration toolset on this platform and feel that integrating it with a now well-established and feature-rich grading system will be a great complement to our services.”

The Nucoda is a colour grading and finishing system developed specifically for broadcast television programming and new media formats such as HD-DVD, Blu-ray, broadband VoD and mobile.
It has built-in tools for optimising compressed, tapeless broadcast and distribution formats and offers extended support and integration for broadcast formats and metadata exchange.

Ascent 142 was formed by the merger of One Post, St Anne's Post, Stream and Wardour Street Media Management services.